2,600 Years of Cultural History in 5 Minutes

A beautiful visualization of human migration.  The fascinating visualization of births and deaths over roughly 2,600 years shows how human migration affected human culture.  The blue depicts one person’s birth and red depict the person’s death. A line connects the two places showing the distance between where they were born and where they died.

Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, and his colleagues used a public database of “well-known people” called Freebase to show a broad flow of culture over time. Notable people congregating in one place shows a place that is, or becoming, a cultural hub.

Run over time you see how the Roman Empire pulled in people from around the world and all roads leading from Rome.

All roads lead from Rome, according to a visual history of human culture built entirely from the birth and death places of notable people. The 5-minute animation provides a fresh view of the movements of humanity over the last 2,600 years.

Online:  Humanity’s cultural history captured in 5-minute film